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Thursday, July 21, 2005

The "It's too hot to knit" Post

Surprise! It's summer! and It's hot! It's so hot I have actually used the air conditioner in my car and I have wished I had it at home. Never before have I wished for air conditioning. In this wave of extreme heat I have learned some things that I will now share with you.

1. Extreme heat and humidity is AWESOME for my hair, which is usually straight as a pin and very thin. Lately though, it puffs out as if it has body and I look fabulous. Right guys? Right??

2. Heat is not good for bouquets. Mike bought me a beautiful arrangement for our aniversary last Wednesday and all of the roses and greenery are dead. Dead. Dead. Dead. What a waste of money. Next year baby, buy me a diamond, they're forever.

3. My belly sweats a lot. Like, it's alarming how much my belly sweats. I don't have much of a belly, but what I have must have about 1 000 000 sweat glands. I wear dark shirts for work and am outside for a couple of hours every day. I learned very quickly NOT to let my shirt touch the sweaty belly or else there is a wet spot that makes it look like I peed through my belly button. Best to let it dry on its own, once I get into air conditioned areas. Was that too much information? I don't know.

4. The heat really messes with my head. I was in our back yard picking raspberries and blackberries and was thinking about all the 'berry money' I had. I was thinking about all of the things I could spend this 'berry money' on like pies or smoothies or crisps. Once the berries are gone, all of my 'money' is gone. Hmmm, that still makes sense, maybe I'm not crazy.

END OF LIST.

I STILL haven't finished that tank top I've been talking about, but I only have about 5 cm left to knit on the bottom. I'll finish it this weekend hopefully and I'll model it for you, my adoring fans, very soon. We are going camping this weekend and I think I'll just bring a sock to work on. They are nice and easy and portable. Plus I won't have to worry about ruining my beautiful Spanish cotton in the fire. We (Lisa and I and our Men and another couple and their two boys) are going to a campsite near Tobermory. I am very much looking forward to it! On our way up, Lisa and I are going to take a little 'detour' through Listowell to visit the Yarn Mecca, as I like to call the Yarn Factory Outlet.

In completely unrelated news, I saw the teeny-tiniest hummingbird tonight. I was walking home from the grocery store and looked down at some flowers and thought "Wow, that's a crazy-ass looking bee." (that's exactly what I thought). Then I looked more closely and realized that this was no bee! I was no more than 30 cm away from it and it was just busily going from flower to flower with its white tongue (I think that's what it was) hanging out. It couldn't have been more than 6 cm long. I wish that I had had my camera to prove that it actually was a bird and to help me remember what the heck it looked like. From now on, I'm not leaving home without it.

NOTE: I don't know what kind of 'hummingbird' I saw. After a short internet search, I'm not sure there are hummingbirds that small around here. Maybe it was a bee. See Number 4 on the above list.

Saturday, July 09, 2005

The View From Up Here

Hi, remember me? Ya, that's right. I used to post on this blog, but I've been a slacker lately and you haven't heard from me in a while. But now I'm back and you're gonna be in trouble, hey now, hey now...Sorry, that got out of control. Anyway, Lisa and I have been visiting two of North America's largest cities the last two weekends. Last weekend we went drove to Chicago and had an absolutely fabulous time. We drove there Friday and drove back Sunday and packed a LOT of activities into those three days. The Food! The Shopping! The People! All wonderful. The yarn store we went too, well, wasn't quite as exciting as we had hoped, but that's probably a good thing since it allowed me to spend my money on shoes instead! We visited Wrigley Field, a shoe store district (it's near Oz Park), the magnificant mile (at night and during the day), the John/Herbie Hancock building, Buckingham Fountain, and a food festival (that was completely unintentional and the stress of walking through those thousands of people put us all a bit out of sorts, but we got over it). Here's a couple of pictures from the trip, one of a local landmark and one from the view of the Hancock building:
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We took public transit and the people were all so nice and friendly to us. A couple of people asked us for directions but that was a fruitless exercise on their part. The drive there took us 11 hours (Who know traffic would be bad on the Friday night of a long weekend?) and the drive home took 9 hours. That was some good knitting time, let me tell you. I have almost a whole tank top finished and Lisa finished one sock and most of another ankle one.
This weekend we are in another famous, but maybe slightly smaller city for some good times with sister and good friends. I'll give you a hint...tonight we're getting 'Stinko'. Another couple of hints are the local landmark (See the single arch?) and the view from a very tall building in this town.
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